It is July in America, which brings cook outs, pool time, and baseball to almost every household across this land. It is around the middle of the Major League Baseball season and that means the All-Star game is coming up. Some would say the best part of the whole All-Star experience is the Home Run Derby.
This year the teams were picked by captains David Wright of the New York Mets for the National League and Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees for the American League. Talk about adding another dimension to the rivalry of the subway series. The Derby will take place on July 15th at Citi Field in Queens, New York, home of the Mets.
David Wright selected Colorado’s Michael Cuddyer, a dear friend, and Carlos Gonzalez, a homerun hitting fool. He also selected a player from a divisional rival, Washington Nationals, Bryce Harper, who has that part you can’t measure in any equation, heart. I know everyone will look for guys they feel more worthy of this selection but baseball fans should really enjoy this group.
Robinson Cano picked his dream team of homer hitters by selecting, Prince Fielder of Detroit Tigers, Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles, and Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland Athletics. Davis is having the season of a lifetime and in position to break many of a storied franchise records. Fielder is returning champion and always dangerous when at the plate but a diamond in the rough might be Cespedes. If he can keep the nerves down and the swing right he will be tough to beat.
This should be a great Derby, NL vs. AL, New York vs. New York; you can’t get much more bad blood than that. Tigers send of the best doing it, Colorado sends two that does the same and another young stud from Oakland trying to take his. Both New York teams have someone trying to hold them down and there will definitely be Cano Boo birds out. But what I really want to see and believe it will come down to is two players, Harper and Davis. Both are getting much buzz but are new to this thing. They want to impress and take the trophy and the bragging rights of being the best long ball hitter of 2013. This has all the makings to be one of those Josh Hamilton moments (look up Hamilton’s Derby on you-tube, amazing) that all of us will remember watching or hear from those who did. Both of those players can let it fly, but I am going with the young phenomenon, Bryce Harper. Either way, I am sure we are in for a great show!